The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech

Jonathan Sharma

Jonathan Sharma is a Graduate Researcher from Acworth, Georgia. He started his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2003 and is working his way up to a Ph.D. in Aerospace with an expected graduation in 2013. His research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics, Gas Dynamics, Rocket Propulsion Design and Analysis, and Advanced Design Methods. When not working in the lab, Jonathan can be found in the Campus Recreation Center playing basketball, at Atlanta Rocks rock climbing, or at home reading a book.

Research Interests

Jonathan's current research work involves performing aeromechanic and vehicle configuration analysis of a reusable booster for AFRL through the creation of a coupled parameterized outer mold line and internal packaging tool in Pacelab Suite. He has previously done work supporting Air Force Material Command, NASA, and SAIC through use of Advanced Decision Making Techniques and software and codes such as FLOPS and ModelCenter. His Master's work involved creating Surrogate Models for sizing a family of rocket engines based off analysis in the industry-standard NPSS code. As a part of his Grand Challenge project in his first year with ASDL, Jonathan managed a team developing a systems-of-systems analysis model of ballistic missile defense utilizing Multi-Disciplinary Analysis and Design of missile systems, Design of Experiments, and meta-models such as Response Surface Equations.

Jonathan's research interests include:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Cellular Automata
  • Rocket Engine Design and Performance Analysis
  • Multi-Disciplinary Analysis and Design
  • Launch Vehicle Design
  • Advanced Design Methods

Education and Work Experience

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2007, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2010, Georgia Institute of Technology

AFRL, Space Scholar Program

  • May 2008 - August 2008
  • Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM
  • Advisor: Dr. Jim Lyke
  • Developed a robust tool flow for Plug and Play satellite design that tackled challenges involving the simplification of complex systems interactions and iterative design

Millennium Dynamics, Engineer

  • December 2007 - May 2008
  • Performed CAD modeling and FEA in support of a wind tunnel model project and a business jet Radome project
  • Created advanced GUIs in Matlab for controlling and analyzing results of a Laser Doppler Vibrometer for work on non-destructive health monitoring techniques

Georgia Tech, Teaching Assistant

  • August 2007 - December 2007
  • TA for the Space Senior Design Lab Class

SpaceWorks Engineering, Undergraduate Intern

  • January 2006 - August 2006
  • Worked under Dr, Brad St, Germain in the Advanced Concepts group



  • Apa, J., Lafleur, J.M., and Sharma, J.L. "Modification of Deep Space 2 Mars Microprobes for Earth Asteroid Investigation." International Planetary Probe Workshop V. Bordeaux, 25-29 June 2007.
  • Lafleur, J.M., Sharma, J.L., and Apa, J. "From Mission Objectives to Design: An Efficient Framework for Downselection in Robotic Space Exploration." AIAA 2007-6258. Long Beach, 18-20 Sept. 2007.
  • Townley, J.S., Sharma, J.L, Lafleur, J.M., "Cost-Based Launch Opportunity Selection Applied to Rendezvous with 99942 Apophis." AAS 08-251. 18th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Galveston, TX, January 28-31, 2008.

Awards and Honors

  • 1st Place 2008 Planetary Society Apophis Mission Design Student Competition (Team Leader)
  • 2nd Place 2007 NASA ESMD Systems Engineer Paper Competition (Team Leader)
  • 2006 - 2007 NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Student Fellow
  • 1st Place 2006 AIAA Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition (Team Leader)
  • 2nd Place 2005 AIAA Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition (Team Leader)

Memberships and Service

  • AIAA Student Member